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HT archives: Lady Mountbatten says ‘limitless field for progress’ in India

The Hindustan Times on August 15, 1947 covered in details how India marked the moment of Independence.

IndependenceDay2017 Updated: Aug 14, 2017 14:25 IST
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Jawaharlal Nehru giving a farewell party to Lord and Lady Mountbatten at his residence.(HT Photo)

‘INDIA INDEPENDENT : BRITISH RULE ENDS’. That was the lead headline of Hindustan Times on August 15, 1947. The newspaper’s edition that day reported about a range of events--from governors being sworn in to ‘homage to Mahatma Gandhi’. Here is a verbatim version of the story on Lady Mountabtten’s speech.

LIMITLESS FIELD FOR PROGRESS

LADY MOUNTBATTEN

During the past five months I have been able to see for myself what a valuable contribution the Press has made to the great events we are now celebrating and I have also been most impressed by the space and treatment given to all those activities affecting the health, education and social welfare of the people says Lady Mountbatten in a message.

She adds: There remains a limitless field for progress in which united efforts must be made to achieve an assured happy and full life for every man, woman and child in this vast country. On this depends largely her future security, prosperity and rightful place in the world Progress is not confined to one territory alone, but as with India’s lead in anti material work, is of worldwide significance. At this time when the eyes of the world are on this country. I look forward to the contribution India can make in the years to come to the well-being of humanity.

First Published: Aug 14, 2017 14:22 IST